Interhome: Your European Home Away From Home

4 March 2016
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Fancy staying in a traditional French gîte? Or perhaps a castle with its own running stream in France? Maybe you’d be more at home in a converted church in Scotland or a restored windmill in the Czech Republic? This is just a selection of the 33,000 holiday homes in 34 countries that you can call your temporary abode, if only for a vacation stay.

 Picture yourself poolside in a three-bedroom villa on the Costa Blanca, Spain. (Image: Interhome)

Swiss-based Interhome has been providing European holiday house and apartment rentals for 50 years, from basic studio apartments in major cities to opulent abodes such as the aforementioned castle on a 14-hectare estate in Burgundy, France, which sleeps 15 people and features a private stream, swimming pool, tennis court and nine-hole golf course. Facilitating over five million overnight stays every year, the Interhome booking process is simple and safe, backed by a 24/7 emergency phone number with personal assistance in English.

 A traditional Swiss chalet with panoramic views could be yours in the Valais region. (Image: Interhome)

“With Interhome, you can book a traditional style of property such as a gîte, chalet, castle, watermill, barn, windmill or lighthouse, while living like a local and taking in so many experiences staying in your home away from home,” says Interhome Regional Manager for Australia and New Zealand Chris Patterson.

“Interhome takes care of the booking process from start to finish. All 33,000 of our holiday homes in 34 countries have been inspected by our team, and are reinspected on a regular basis. So, what you see is what you get with Interhome.”


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 The Black Forest is right on your doorstep at this apartment in Germany. (Image: Interhome)

Flight Centre offers a selection of 72 Interhome properties in six European countries with immediate confirmation and rates in Australian dollars. Simply choose your ideal holiday home in your preferred destination, and pay a 30 per cent deposit to confirm your booking with the balance due 43 days before arrival. You’ll then receive your accommodation voucher with all check-in details including address, contact numbers and key collection information.

 Sleep in a two-bedroom apartment on the grounds of Drumtochty Castle outside Aberdeen, Scotland. (Image: Interhome)

Travelling to Europe as a family or looking for ski accommodation for a group of friends? A holiday home provides the flexibility to accommodate large or mixed groups with the added bonus of self-catering options and the opportunity to save money with a weekly rental rate. Prices start from AUD$200 for studio apartments suitable for two people up to large chalets and castles that can comfortably sleep 30 or more, Chris adds.

 This charming ground-floor apartment is located within a traditional Tuscan farmhouse. (Image: Interhome)

The UK is the most popular destination for Interhome rentals, with London at the top of the list as well as the English countryside, Ireland, Wales and Scotland. In Continental Europe, coastal, city and country regions of Italy, France Provence, Switzerland, Austria, Spain and Germany are among the most searched locations for holiday homes.

Chris tips Croatia as one of the emerging destinations for 2016, alongside Czech Republic and the Greek Islands.

“Croatia will boom in 2016,” Chris says. “[Interhome] has over 2,300 holiday homes there starting from just AUD$250 per week. Another destination worth a close look is the Czech Republic. Not only is Prague an amazing little town full of medieval castles, beer spas and spooky puppet shops, we have properties in the Czech countryside for six persons starting at just AUD$300 per week, with Bohemia, the Moravian Highlands and the Jizera Mountains of interest.”

 You and three friends can stay in an apartment within Castle Kervoazec in Brittany, France. (Image: Interhome)

And if it’s all about location, location; these amazing holiday home listings will make you swoon. Picture yourself in a water mill in the Loire Valley, a small 18th-century fresco-adorned apartment in Puglia or a medieval watchtower outside Florence. You could be luxuriating in a Jacuzzi in the Swiss Alps, the Matterhorn as your backdrop; or perhaps staying in a converted barn in Tuscany owned by a baroness.

 Rent a one-bedroom chalet apartment in the Tyrol Mountains of Austria for this picture-perfect scene. (Image: Interhome)

Some other abodes of note: a villa in Talamone on the Tuscan coast, which featured in the James Bond movie Quantam of Solace; an apartment in Vienna where Mozart once resided; and a brightly painted modern and minimalist house on Spain’s Costa del Garraf with ocean views and a pool, which is certainly eye-catching!

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Visit your local Flight Centre store or call 131 600 for more advice and the latest deals on Interhome properties.

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Cassandra Laffey

Consumed with unrequited wanderlust, I get my fix in 24/7 cities and hippie retreats. I'm still looking for the ultimate combo of secluded beach and major metropolis, and my happy place is a 5-star hotel room all to myself - sigh.